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who opposed the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the u.s. military thought maybe the policy of don't ask don't tell would be repealed. it didn't happen. but before tha there was high drama on capitol hill over what would happen, even a huge celebrity made her plea for a change ithe policy. our own key o'donnell has been covering the story and she's with us tonight from washington. kelly, good evening. >> hi, brian. >> reporter: the emotions run deep and the intensity playing out is, to some degree, about the future of thpolicy itself and a lot is about politics. with just a few weeks to go before the mid-term elections. >> this is a blatant political approximately ploy in order to approximately in order to galvanize the political base of the other side which is facing a losing election. >> it is wrong to suggest that the fight legislatively is election-driven. >> reporter: republicans effectively blocked repealing th17-year-old ban on gays serving openly in the military so the president's often-repeated promise goes unfulfilled. >> i will end e "don't ask don't tell." that's
're with us. grab your coffee, here's a peek outside. 66 degrees inside the beltway. but this morning, we got down to the 50s and even some 40s in our subu suburbs, oh, yeah, that's what fall is all about. some more numbers show we're at 56 in martinsburg and hagerstown. 64 in la plata right now. leonardtown, in the 70s. that's where we're headed this afternoon. by the lunch hour, we'll be approaching the middle 70s. 78, 79 later this afternoon. there is some rain coming. i'll tell you how it may or may not impact the redskins game coming up in a few minutes, barbara. >> okay, kim. thank you very much. see you in a moment. >>> a day that's always going to be in the collective memory of our nation. nine years ago today, four planes, two in new york, one here in dc, one in pennsylvania brought unspeakable grief to the lives and the communities across the country. today the thousands lost that day are being remembered in ceremonies around the country. the largest ceremony at ground zero got under way just minutes ago. michelle franzen has more on how the country will be remembering this solemn a
of central avenue in capital heights. it happened late tuesday night. tracee wilkins joins us from capital heights with more on the investigation. tracee? >> reporter: this is a 15-year-old kid who was raised in this neighborhood, went to high school a block away from where we are standing right now, was shot and killed right here in front of this apartment complex. the police were back in front of the central garden apartments in capital heights this morning. they were searching for clueing and taking another look at the murder scene. >> we aren't for certain what happened. we know that a call was transpired from him to his home telling his mom he was en route home. he never made it home. 15-year-old justin pennell, a freshman at central high school was found shot on the squawk about 9:00 p.m. tuesday night. his cousin says, after a day of suffering from multiple gunshots, doctors said this morning, they had done all they could do for him. >>> police have taken spray paint and painted up to nine different markers of where justin was shot. the sidewalk is still stained with his blood. fami
to the 2,752 victims killed when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes that attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan 9/11 families gather at a park adjacent to ground zero. throughout the morning in shanksville, pennsylvania where united 93 flight crashed, michelle obama and laura bush will honor a ceremony to honor the passengers that fought back. plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013, but with each construction step forward, there remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a memorial that we will all be proud of and a memorial that will inspire people around the world. >> and always remind them never to forget. president obama also signed a probleming clamation making september 10th through 12th national days of prayer and remembrance, calling on americans also to set aside time to volunteer. amy. >> and now here's carl
for american workers who have been making a basic household product most of us thought would never die. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. same question we posed at the top of the broadcast, what if an internet billionaire known for his iconic hoody gave a fortune to an inner city school system that's in shbles? we are about to find out. mark zuckerberg of facebook fame and fortune. he's 126. he went to harvard. he's about to be the subject of a big new hollywood movie. tomorrow, he's announcing he's giving $100 million to the scol system in newark, new jersey. by the way, the teachers there are the highest paid in the state of new jersey. the results there are awful, unacceptable in any society. and here's another example of private money trying to fix public schools. rehema ellis is at newark city hall tonight. >> reporter: good evening, brian. deep rooted problems need dramatic solutions. that usually requirelots of money, which the city is about to get. newark, it's the largest city in new jersey, with the biggest school probl
of the u.s. government, the pastor here says he is not backing down. on the anniversary of september 11, he plans to take the islamic holy book and burn it. burn the koran. pastor terry jones says he has more than 200 coran and he claims a message from god to pile them up and burn them saturday. >> it is by no means a stunt. we have thought this out. we have prayed this through. we believe that this type of message is right now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> reporter: the church's associate pastor -- >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: says he's now armed after hundreds of e-mails flooded the church's in box. messages like, swear by almighty god, i will slay the church pastor terry jones in front of the church door. the center sits outside a cow pasture in gainesville, florida. the congregation here numbers less than 50. while this afternoon their leader said he is undeterred -- >> we have no intention of cancelling. >> reporter: -- pastor jones admits he's never read the koran but takes no responsibility if burning it leads to an attack on a u.s. so
informed us that her daughter has died. riding 202 early when she was struck by an suv. christie littleford said she thought; she hit an animal, sh didn't realize what happened until she saw the bicycle lodged under her truck. pettigrew was a law student. the accident happened at 5:30 in the morning. there is conflicting information as to whether or not she was wearing reflective clothing. again, 5:30 a.m., dark at the time of the accident. there is no word on whether or not the driver will be charged. there will be weeks months before that decision is plead. >>> news today, an 18-year-old man is dead, it happened before 3:30 this morning. d.c. police were called out for a shooting. they found franklin hill on the ground suffeng from gun shot wounds. he was taken to the hospital where he died. no arrests have been made. a search is on for a man who was found dead blocks from the u.s. capital. a man's body was found on the tracks late last night. police say the body may have been on the tracks f a few days it is described of of that a black man, in his 40s or 50s, police don't know how he
explain to use. folks who experienced this fire, who were inside the building when this happened, they tell me that the smoke was so stng, it smelled almost like rubber burning and because of that it was very difficult for them to breathe. they also sayhat as they were trying to exit, when they saw that in some cases it wasn't safe for them to exit the best thing for them to do, head to one of these windows and just get some air and wait for officials to come and rescue them. there were folks who were seriously injured in this fire. to explain how serus this was, i'm told by witnesses who we out front of this building before firefighters arrived here on the scene that there were some people who got out on their own. these people were sevely burn including this child and we're told that child is in critical condition at children's hospital. this witness also tell me that while he was standing in front of this building he witnessed someone jump from most likely the sixth floor of this building and he ss when he think it ground it was a very ha hit, a very grask scene here. investig
night, putting an end to u.s. combat in iraq. the president thanked americans for paying a huge price, saying it's time to move forward without closing the book on iraq. tracie potts has more from washington. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. with the military operations in iraq behind us, president obama made it clear that the next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with combat troops now out of iraq, president obama announced a new mission. >> our most urgent mission is the economy and putting americans back to work. >> reporter: his focus now? jobs and afghanistan. he promised the pullout there will begin next summer. >> open-ended war serves neither our interests or the afghan people. >> reporter: republicans criticized the president for opposing the surge. >> some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth and nail against the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results. >> we pledge all we can do always to protect and defend the state of israel. >> reporter: today, president obama meets with israeli
." stay with us right after this. >>> that's going to do it for week 1 of "redskins game plan." join us next sunday for the cowboys game plan. a count down to redskins live from fedex field. don't miss it. we'll see you then. >>> local teams are doing well behind the wheel. u.s. news and world report has ranked washington number one for young drivers. the rankings are based on 11 statistics, including the number of teens with licenses, the number of teen driver deaths and driving safety laws in the state. california and colorado rounded out the top three, maryland was fourth, illinois was fifth. in our region virginia and west virginia were the worst ranking 33rd and 44th respectively. >>> so these days getting a diploma isn't the only thing seniors have to worry about, college prep, dances, photos. how one family is dealing with the cost of just being a high school senior. >> reporter: single mom brenda brown is bracing for her daughter's senior year, not just the events, excitement and memorable moments but just what all that will cost. >> we just have to talk to her about what we can
political decisions. a lot of thoseolitical decisions cost us political popularity. >> in 2007, adrian vicenti hired ree. d.c.'s outgoing mayor admitted to failing conseqnces in some of his potics, but they were not sure whether they ousted the mayor on education. >> i don't take last night to mean that the direction vicenti was going on education was the wrong direction. >> even though the mayor has changed, those kids a still there. d.c. has to keep those reforms going. if i were them, i would keep them. >> as he reached out to the voters who dinot support him wednesday and promised to make good on his campaign pledge create one city, vincent gray quickly boasted of his reformer bona fides. >> we're not going to be turning back any clockson school reform. we're going to beoving full speed ahead. >> the council chair who has been publicly criticized for some of her choices will meet with michelle ree on friday. she stopped short of saying that she would not stay on, at least temporarily. >> you know, i really just want to get an understandingf what his hopes and aspirations are, and,
. montgomery county police are searching for an armed gunman and they are using everything, from police cars to helicopters. a woman who lived at the avalon apartments tells news 4 that at 7:20, a woman ran door to door screaming for help saying someone was trying to shoot her. soon after, police surrounded the avalon apartment. montgomery county police say she know who their suspect is. the search to get him in custody led to partially closing the streets. police have also closed nearby exits, 270. people who live inside the af r avalon have been told to stay on the inside. those outside are not being allowed back in. >> they keep saying there may be a gentlemen with a gun squr omee in one of the garages or buildings. i have to go to work. >> reporter: that garage is the center of the investigation which is still ongoing. we are told forensics will be coming out an trying to figure out what happened with possible gunshots fired. in the meantime, the search for the suspect is continuing. they have just released the apartment complex just now allowing folks to come back into the apartment co
states. >>> and at risk, questions about something dentists use, especially on young patients. >>> also tonight, making a difference on the home front, >>> also tonight, making a difference on the home front, "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's always been the american ideal, part of the american way, pushing ahead, always getting better, always improving, a future always brighter than our past. but tonight in the new nbc news polling numbers debuting today, americans are losing hope in the future of their country in greater numbers now. our new numbers contain bad news for the president and bad news for his party. a lot of it because the economy is beyond bad and it's been that way for quite a while. and we begin tonight with our political director, chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. a grim set of numbers. >> it is. and the pessimism isn't about the now, it's about the future. look at this first number. is america in a state of decline? 65%, two-thirds of the country agrees that america is in a state of decline. that
morning. thanks for joining us for news 4. i'm eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs on tuesday, the 21st day of september, 2010. beautiful sight. the sun beginning to show its light around here. kind of a beautiful sky of in the horizon. 58 degrees right now. let's find out what kind of day we're going to have. >> there's a chill in the air. >> there is. temperatures will quickly climb. we ought to make it into the 70s by late morning. near 80 by afternoon. shenandoahalley to interstate 95. 40s most locations. right in washington, upper 50s. and right near the wat is low 60s. inland, eastern shore now, low 50s. out of the mountains of western maryland, many locations in the 40s right now. and we have a clear sky than to high pressure nosing down from ontario that will be with us throughout the day today with plenty of sunshine. wming us to near 80 degrees with the strong, late september sun. tomorrow, winds shifting into the southwest will bring in summer like warmth. near 90 tomorrow afternoon. lots of sun. after midnight wednesday night through midday thursday, a chance of a passing shower
ahead of us to bring the city together. i'm going to work hard to try to earn the confidence of those who may not have voted for me. >> reporter: afterthe november 2 general electric, gray won't take office until january 2. time to form a government but not too much time. jim? >> it was wards two and three that fenty won. so safe to say, he will have town halls all over the place. >> he has to talk to the people in wards two and three. he wants them on his team and he said he will go out and meet with them. >> thank you. >>> meanwhile, mayor fenty conceded the race to gray in a phone call early this morning. fenty took questions from report betters his lossÑi and aboutis future. aaron gilchrist joins us with more on that part of the story. >>> many said the writing was on the wall for mayor fenty week ago. he even publicly acknowledged his missteps. and he made it clear that he sees no future in politics in washington, d.c. showing all contrition he portrayed in the final days of his campaign, d.c mayoradrian fenty gathers his companions in his headquarters to concede defeat. >> i re
! that will hurt. that same storm gave us some rain. >> meorologist veroca johnson is here with the latest. >> yeah, we needed it. we didn't get a lot though. only a few hundredths of an inch of rain. you can see on the map here, the mid-atlantic where most of the severe weather was. across new jersey, staten isnd area around new york city. also the southeast pocket of ohio there with nine tornado reports coming out o the area. now it is well south and east of the area so continuing clearing we'll have and it will be a cool night, too. still looking at some extremely dry conditions over eastern west virginia. pretty dry here. then severely dry conditns still downround culpeper, rappahanck and going over to the shenandoah valley. we need that rainfall. our radar currently is quiet. i know we've got the clouds out there but those clouds are moving out ofhere. we'll talk about the next rain chance coming up. our temperatures, nothing like yesterday. we got past 90 degrees. capitol hill at 79. trinidad, too. you folks in fairfax county, 74 degrees. a little cooler. then your warm spot is south. 82 now
her future. good morning, thanks for joining us for "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs. today i trsday. it is the 16th day of sepmber 2010. let's take a live look outside this morning. we have some clouds above us right now. nice day at 66 degrees. going to get warm, too. here's tom. >> a southerly breeze will increase this afternoon, that will sweep in some warmth and get us into the mid 80s probably by midternoon. then a front moves in fromhe midwest and looks like it may trigger some showers in the mountains by midafternoon. shenandoah valley by perhaps late afternoon, and here inthe metro area after sunset. so thankfully much-needed rain coming our way. let's look at temperatures now. it's off to a pleasant start on this thursday morning. we're in the low 60s in the suburbs and rural areas. upper 60s in washington. and right near the water, only in the 50s though in western maryland and much of west virginia, eastern shore mid 60s. and right at the beach, it's near 70. and if a few of those showers moving in, where you see passing showers in ohio, kentucky, and sout
'd the suspect, weare told by d.c. police that he is in grave condition. you can see that u.s. capitol police are still processing the scene. there were no witnesses that we heard of. nobody that police told us about. all the details ta we are getting are just from u.s. capitol pice. they aresketchy. united states capitol police are investigating a police involved shooting, blocks from the capital. u.s. police said the shooting happened moments after a lookout for a man with a weapon. >> the original lookout was with aan with a gun. whe they saw the man brandishing the gun, they acted accordly. >> reporter: police are not saying how the radio lookout for the man with a weapon originated. we don't know how many officers were involved in the shoog or how many were fired. >> the area where he was shot was second and c street, capitol grounds. it is very close. you can see the dome behind us. >> reporter: u.s. capitol police say a gun was recovered on the scene. d.c. police tell us that they have homicide detectives on standby. the suspect is in grave condition. they are here in case it does turn
the lower great lakes to much of the midwest. we'll have this warmth with us throughout the afternoon, but some relief on he way coming into the midwest. there's a prng triggering showers in michigan, northern indiana, central illinois. that front will arriving, but for this afternoon, sunny and hot, the record 94 set on this date back in 1970 will likely tie it or exceed it. by midafternoon with a southwesterly breeze. a look at the release on the way for the weekend and changes with much-needed rain. detai are coming up. >> we'll see you soon. thank you, tom. jim ross has the latest on the traffic. >> good morning, eun. we have some serious accidents out there. we have another one inside the beltway. right now we're looking at the beltway at river road, this is the it inner loop. an accident along the left side. now, in we could, we could g over to the camera that's overlooking the roosevelt bridge, traffic was squeezing by to the right. that's been there for a t. expect to find significant delays inside the beltway on 66 heading toward the roosevelt bridge. you may want to try the
this morning before the planned burning of the koran in florida. >> thanks for joining us for "news 4 today." >> it is september 9th, 2010. here's a look as the sun gets ready to rise on a nice cool fall-like morning. >> a change from yesterday. yesterday was pretty warm. >> in fact temperatures have dropped about 35 degrees since yesterday afternoon. and now we've got that first glow in the eastern horizon. sunrises are getting later and later. sunrise this morning about 45 minutes away. right now 65 in washington and it's in just the hlow 60s in prince george's county. upper 60s mere tnear the water. weather watchers reporting from the shenandoah valley and around the blue ridge only in the fifth there. we'll have highs today, though, with this strong september sun climbing into the upper 70s to near 80 and we'll have lots of sun again top. a bit of a blustery wind, but increasing clouds saturday, much needed rain likely sunday. how is the traffic? >>> volume on the increase, but fortunately no big accidentses to report right now. 270 headed southbound always the first to show and today i
just before 4:30 near la vista drive and franconia road. tracee wilkins joins us from alexandria. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, barbara. investigators wrapped up their investigation here in the immediate neighborhood. they have not wrapped up their search for the suspects. fairfax county police are going door to door warning neighbors and searching for clues after a 23-year-old woman was sexually assaulted at a neighborhood bus stop. >> we believe this attack was random. a woman standing at the bus stop waiting for the bus. someone approached her from behind and began to assault her. >> reporter: it happened just before 4:30 this morning on franconia road, a major commuter route. a man jogging by found the woman. police were there within minutes. a quiet suburban area. >> it's very unusual for this area, this neighborhood. we have been here for 40 years and never had a problem. >> reporter: the victim is expected to be okay and is recovering at fairfax hospital. for people who live in this community, the hope is that the suspect is caught quickly. >> we have good police patr
. pat colins is live on the scene for us. >> reporter: this is what u streetlooks like right now. it's shut down from ninth street allhe way to 14th street as police investigate this murder, this shting that happened here this afternoon. gun violence in broad daylight, in the middle of one of our city's most popular streets. one dead, one wounded a car overturned. suspects on the run. five blocks of u street closed wn as policenvestigate and look for clues. now this happened nearby the walker memorial baptist church as the funeral for ashley crea was coming to an end. hearow from police chief cathcatkathy lanier. >> there was a funeral in the 1300 block of u street that had just concluded. people were leaving from the funeral lining up for a processi procession. as that procession was lining up and about to leave the funeral area. there are some attende who walked down the street t get into their car, suspects approached the car and opened fire on the individuals in that car. >> with me now is brian weaver an anc commissioner. he was here having lunch when it all happened. brian, tel
opportunities to do good. >> stay with us now. news 4 continues right now at 5:00 a.m. >>> cooldown. there is a chill in the air with another summer like blast right around the corner. >>> campus crime. police lock up another suspect in nnection with a string of robberies involving the university of maryland students. >>> driving distracted. a national problem under the microscope in d.c. today. i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. 21st of september, 2010. a live look outside right now at 5:01 a.m. it is 57 degrees. cool, chilly start to the morning. looking for a jacket. couldn't find one, tom. had to break out all the winter stuff, i guss. >> in fact, we do have temperatures in many locations down into the 40s in the rural areas of maryland and virginia. 58 at national airport. near the bay, 60. elsewhere, 50s and 40s throughout much of the region. mountains, 40s. western maryland, west virginia, eastern shore, low 50s. we have a clear sky, bright, full moon competing with very bright jupiter. this was tak by one of our viewers last night. david took this of jupiter and its moons. we'r
have a trafc alert for driver who use i-270 in the early morning hours. all four lanes will be shut down at exit 10. that's the dialed avenue exit overnight into tomorrow morning. the closures will last for two 15-minute intervals. use 355 as an alternate. during the closures, crews will be putting up an overhead sign which will link 270 and i-95. the first section is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year or early 2011. >>> well, this morning a woman is alive and lucky and thankful after firefighters rescued her from her burning town home. chopper 4 ctured the damage as it flew over the scene. flames broke out on brook ridge court in montgomery village. the woman was actually sitting in the window of the second floor to get away from smoak wh fire crews arrived. they used a ladder to rescue her. the fire began in the kitchen and quickly filled the down stairs with smoke. >>> investigators are digging deeper into what drove a man to kill his mother. police found another handgun at the home. no signs the crime was premeditated. >>> the u.s. sueme cot refused to stay the ex
neighbors of the gunman and his mother spoke with jackie who join us on the phone. what are you hearing? >> reporter: not exactly the type of thing you would expect to encounter in a situation like this. when the neighbors learned of the name of the suspect and the victim in this shooting, they basically reacted by bursting into tears. they knew mr. davis and his mother who was in her 90s. he was well known in this neighborhood for the exquisite pair they say that he took of his mother who has apparently something very alzheimer's-like. she would wander off. and everyone in the neighborhood respected him very, vy much for the care that he took of his mother. so they are very shocked by this. horrified. th certainly say they don't believe there is anything that would condone doing this. as one neighbor told me, this is the la man in the world i would ever expt to do this. when we get more information, we have interviews with neighbors and things like, that i will bring those to you as soon as possible. >> all right. thank you. >>> tonight we're getting a firsthand account of the terrifyi
. and today we begin with planes, trains, and automobiles. president obama unveiled his plan yesterday to use the nation's crumbling infrastructure as a vehicle to help put the nation's stalled economy back on track and americans back to work rebui rebuilding runways, railways, and roads. republicans in washington wasted no time blasting the proposal after the president blamed the gop for putting u.s. economy in reverse. nbc's tracie potts joins us us now from washington with more. tracie, good morning. >> good morning. the white house officials have no numbers but this would put americans back to work. the white house says it's not a stimulus, but the idea is similar. $50 billion for infrastructure, fixing 100,000 miles of roads, 150 miles of runways, and building a new air traffic control system. >> anybody want more delays at airports? >> no. >> no, i didn't think so. >> president obama says it will create jobs and won't cost a dime of borrowed money. >> this is a plan that will be fully paid for. it will not add to the deficit over time. >> republicans attacked saying americans are skepti
and research and technology and we're making those investments. these are the principles that have guided us over the last 19 months. these are the principles that form the basis of the additional economic proposals that i offered this week, because even though the economy is growing again and we've added more than 750,000 private sector jobs this year, the hole in the recession left was huge. progress has been painfully slow. millions of americans are still looking for work. millions of families are struggling to pay their bills or the mortgage. these proposals are meant to both accelerate job growth in the short-term and strengthen the economy in the long-run. these proposals include a more generous permanent extension of the tax credit that go to companies for all the research and innovation that they do here in america. i have proposed that all american businesses should be allowed to write off all the investments they do in 2011. this will help small businesses upgrade their plants and equipment and will encourage large corporations to get off the sidelines and start putting their profi
of a man from our area. brendan, a former silver spring resident, was one of ne u.s. military officials killed in the crash. he graduated from the naval academy in 2004 where he played lacrosse. he also played footballand baseball for dematha in hyattsville before grad waiting there in 1999. official have not disclosed the helicopter's mission. no word t on the cause of the crash either. >>> more detail about a tragic accident that kill a cyclist in prince george's county a woman riding her bike was run over by an suv early sunday morning. it happened at the intersection of landover road and campus way in largo near prince george's community college. pat collin is live at the scene with developments. >> reporter: in this case, answers lead to more questions. how can you drive an suv, hit a woman on a bicycle, have the bicycle wedgedeneath that vehicle, keep on driving and not know you hit someone until you get home? >> the closer that i got, the more that i noticed, i was like, oh, wow. it is a body laying in the road. as soon as i realized it was a body, i also noticed the suv. >> repo
misthe country theoretically. >> but not for the traffic. stay with you us, new 4/contis continues right now at 5:00 a.m. >>> a car slamses in to a building leaves two injured. we'll hear from witnesses. good morning, i'm pat lawson. >>> and i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today." we want to take a live look outside. it is 64 degrees. a nice refreshing morning. stars twinkling out in the sky. >> fall starting to set in. >> and some of the leaves are setting down only because it's so darn dry. we have had will this will drought on going and there we go, another string of dry days coming up. we do finally have a likelihood of much needed rain arriving on sunday, but for this thursday morning, no travel problems. off to work and school under a mostly clear sky now. and temperatures 66 at national airport. it's cool, down into the upper 50s now in western fairfax county, louden, parts of prince william. blue ridge, northern montgomery only near 60. and low 60s now in arlington and in prince george's county, southern montgomery is in the low 60s. only in the 40s now in western maryland and w
and now she's using her a young mother of three defies death and now she's using her life to make a difference. captions paid for by nbc-universatelevision >>> good evening. coming off of a drama of some of this week's state primary contests, beeve it or not, not all the political focus these days is on the november midterm elections. the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign is also slowly starting to build. tonight, those handicapping the potential republican challengers are trying to figure out wha to make of sarah palin's high profile appearance this weekend in a place where presidential runs usually get off the grou. nbc's in washington to tell us more. >> reporter: sarah palin is becoming a party king-maker while at the same time defying the reblican establishment. now the question is will she, can she, try to parlay that popularity with the conservative base into a successful run for the oval office? for sarah palin, these are heady days. >> it's time for no more business as usual. it is time to take our country back. >> reporter: fresh off a string of primary victories
prevented the biggest oil spill in u.s. history is raised from beneath the gulf. now investigators can finally get an up close look at why it failed. >>> hitting the trail, with congressional democrats facing tough challenges in the upcoming mid term elections they've called on the white house for reinforcements. it's not the president they're asking for. >>> and the heiress, a half billion dollar fortune, a reclusive elderly woman who hasn't been seen out in public for decades and questions about what's happening to all that money. today, sunday, september 5th, money. today, sunday, september 5th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with lester holt and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good sunday morning, everyone. welcome to "today." i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. we didn't just skirt hurricane earl here in new york city. it has been one of the most beautiful weekends we've had to date. >> yeah. in our case the storm mustered in good weather. >> great weather. >> we should have that nonstorm -- storm
. earlie this month, surveillance cameras captured the suspect using a knife to hole up a hair cuttery. police say mabry's crime spree started when he held up the cash and carry. in september they said he hit four salons including three hair utteries and a kfc/taco bell restaurant. he is still in jail with no bond. >>> we have some breaking news out of manassas, virginia, where firefighters are battling a three alarm blaze. this in the 8300 block of sumner lake. at least three town homes are going up in flame. it was initial lay two-alarm and it has been upgraded now again to three alarms. no word on anyone inside or any injuries. we'll bring you the latest later on. >>> a woman evicted from her northwest d.c. home is moving on after an outpouring of public support. eloisa diaz found her things put out on the street after lenny court battle over unpaid rent. she had so many thing it stretched for block. a local moving company hped her pack up yesterday after we aired her story on news4 today. we learned that city officials gave her a place to stay last night. we're told she also accep
will ever know. i want to thank my own family. my wife, michelle was here with us until 2:00 in the morning, my parents, my brothers, of course. all of these people have been with me since 1999, when i first ran my cpaign for theity couil seat, when we walked up and down georgia avenue, where we are today. you cat thank your family enough in campaigns. they are not only the rock that keeps you going, but fill in the gaps on the campaign trail. thank all who have helped me in the campaigns. behind me are the current coordinators for fenty 2010. they are exactly what i have always had in campaigns, people who love washington, d.c., and understand that the way to make your city better is through public service, and not afraid to work extremely hard hours for almost no pay. f those who who have worked for me in campaigns, iill never be able to thank a of you. thank all the employees of the d.c. government, iingly be in city government for 106 more days, we have the hardest working, most competent government employees anywhere in the country. i saw it as a city council member, so enthusiastic to
riders can also use the service by calling the number and simply saying next bus. >>> if you live in virginia, you'll have to wait at least another day before getting your driver's license renewed in person. none of the commonwealth 74 dmvs can handle transactions involving photos because of a computer glitch. the problem first arose last week and it's not clear when it will be resolved. in your license expired or will expire between august 26th and september 30th, you will not be ticketed if you get pull over by a police officer. >>> the race for d.c.'s next mayor is heating up. fenty is preparing to debate gray. it's 9 first debate since the latest poll shows the mayor trailing gray by sizable margin. tracee wilkins has details. >> reporter: according to the "washington post" poll released on sunday, the mayor is trailing by double digits. the did democratic primary is just two weeks away, making today's debate that much more critical. some voters h already know who they want. >> i'm going to be voting for fenty temperature. >> i'd like a change and gray is the one that i would
been reported. we hope someone calls us. we have a lot of resources, orking with the metropolitan police and the fire investigators. we are hoping something will pride information we need the community's help. >> back on august 25th. you believe they were connected? >> yes, 2350i6, six, a half dozen or so that we believe are connected. several others, well over a dozen that may be coected. again, some of the fires may have been mechanical. we have things we are looking out to rule out. since they all occurred in this area, same time frame, there are suspicions about this. we are hopeful someoneas information to help us close some of the cases. >> thanks for joining us. nobody has been injured. they happen late at nightor early in the morning. 202-67-arson, if you have any information. >> a two year-old is in critical condition at children's hospital when the toddler accidently shot himself in the cst. it happened on elliott drive monday morning. the toddler found a loaded gun hidden under a bed. his 16 year-old brother, they say, stole the gun and hid it in the toddler bedroom. he
a tough call against us. they are in washington, d.c., they are supposed to be a good team, houston oil zblers i was looking for the call the ugly sign, you know. evidently, the official saw it better than i did. >> one last chancet double redemption. foer skins tony zendejas, 40 yards out. it is good. the skins win ugly, 16-13. >> it has to hurt terribly against the redskins. >> not just the redskins. they would hurt against any team. i mean, anyime have you an opportunity like that, tie the ball game and you don't, you know, it hurts. ironically, the first version of instant replay started the next season in 1986. coaches were not allowed to throw that red flag out tre and challenge. only officials could request a review. >> this afternoon the redskins secondary will have his hands full with andre johnson. one of the players who will be called upon to keep the houston passing game at bay, safety reed doughty, always ready for game time. >> one, two, three. >> i like to get on that first team bus and get there a little bit early to the game. to get my mind right, listen to music on th
to prop up small businesses and the middle class nbc's tracie potts jones us for more. >> increasingly, docrats disagree with him over taxes and republans are digging in, not good sign for a compromise seven weeks before an election. w do win a tax fight and an election? first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> then put pressure on your opponent. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax accuracies on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might support the president is backing off. >> would you vote for -- >> want to extend all of the current tax rates -- >> reporter: tuesday's primary appears to have excluded both sides. analysts say tea party wins could backire on republicans. >> seems like it was a sense of voter nullification, like we're not listening to you. we, the
were going to be looking for us. >> a mother of two. desperate, hiding, running from the law and her ex-husband. >> see there? >> a cross-cultural marriage. once happy. >> hello, mom. we're in turkey now. >> then gone sour. >> every e-mail just kept getting worse and worse and worse. >> a young mother convinced her husband was a danger to their daughters. but a foreign court awarded him custody. >> how were they going to do that? take them away from me. >> she grabbed the girls and fled. >> put them on that boat, and they took off. >> now she was a fugitive, accused of kidnapping. >> i go back to turkey, i go back to prison. >> but what caused her fear? was it her ex-husband or dark secrets in her own family's past? >> we did have some abuse in our family. >> and what will happen to her children? >> we have two little girls that are totally innocent. >> we have two little girls that are totally innocent. >> "on the run." captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, and welcome to "dateline." i'm ann curry. our story tonight begins with a devoted mother of two, an amer
't be swept away by the surf. ocean city's mayor, rick, so that spo to us after one of his daily briefings by his emergency management team. >> the beach will be pretty rough. the surf, we'll see the erosion. we'll keep people out of the surf. we have restricted access to the surf at this time. beach patrol will be on duty at 5:00. the beach is open. we are restricting access to the surf and we will probably continue to do that throughout the day, throughout the duration of the storm. >> reporter: look at the size and the force of these waves. the mayor says that even after this storm passes, the sun returns, the beach patrol may put restrictions on the use of the ocean, allowing you in only up to your waist because the rip tides could be dangerous. in ocean city, maryland, chris gordon. news4. >> that's exactly right. the rip currents are going to be dangerous. not just during the day today but most likely tomorrow and probably into sunday as well. and i was talking to the life guards here earlier and they were saying, they're going to come out tomorrow morning as they normally do around
holding forth giving us another dry day with plenty of sunshine and should be a bit hotter too. afternoon highs in the upper 80s. more of the same tomorrow. a front coming through midday with clouds and giving us a small chance of a shower and blustery wind. we'll cool down thursday and friday. highs 70s with sunshine. ashley, how's the traffic now? >> good morning, jumping into virginia, taking a look at 66 in the eastbound direction, this is the pace past route 50 all the way to the beltway. you're in the clear. through falls church heading through arlington, clean bill of health as well. all is quiet through college park making the trip towards the silver spring area. lanes are open and 95 also getting off -- volume is on the increase at this early hour but still at the posted speed limit for the remainder of your troop 395 and into the freeway. back to you. >>> summer vacation is finally over this morning for hundreds of thousands of children in our area students in several counties go back to school and megan mcgrath is live. >> reporter: a number of jurisdictions went back to school
the montgomery county agriculture farm park -- and those whe bags, those are sandbags, were used as a buffer while these devices were interrupted by the bomb team in case there were shrapnel or other debris that would fly when that was done. everything was detonated and taken care of safely, but it was a tense situation earlier this morning. this actually began as a report of suicide in the apartment of the 400 block of sunnybrook ter race inaithersburg. once inside, though, pice officers saw what they believe to be pipe bombs and other bomb-making materials. they callethe bomb squad, the entire building was evacuated, and that's when the bombs were removed by the special teams. the robots were wearing the full protective gear as they removed the pipe bombs. they were brought to this location where they were disrupted. can you talk a little bit about the threat here? first of all, were these, indeed, real explosive bombs, pipe bombs, and what was the danger to residents of that apartment building? >> definitely bomb-making materials. they obviously were in a pipe omb type of vessel. so havin
before. our whithouse correspondent savannah guthrie is here with us in our new york studios with more on this to start us off. >> reporter: as is customary in washington, colbert submitted prepared written remarking before his testimony, and they looked straightforrd enough. when he sat down to testify, he went off script and into his comedy routine. and not everyone is laughing tonight. on capitol hill today, more evidence of why some americans think washington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert, was billed as an expert witness on farm labor. and testified in character. >> congresswoman asked me to share my vast experience, spending one day as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important complicated issue, and i certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to c-span1. >> reporter: one congressman initially asked him to leave. >> you run your show, we run the committee. but what do you say to that, stephen? >> reporter: but the testimony went on for several uncomfortable minutes. though not every member gave hi
that colossal explosion. >>> best medicine -- teens are using common cough medicines to gehigh, but tonight, a surpsing decision about a possible solution. >>> and top secret -- what we now know was going on in the background in some of the most famous images of the civil rights era. famous images of the civil rights era. "nightly ns" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's always been a huge gulf in american society and in our workforce, especially, what men and women are paid for the same work. tonight, we can report the numbs have moved. though the reason for it isn't good. figures from this year show women earned 83 cents on the dollar compared to what men earn. that's the highest number ever recorded. the bad news is the reason for it. the onomy is in such crummy shape, a ton of men have been hard hit and many women in turn have prospered in this economy. still, in terms of women's inme and earning power in the u.s., the number represents a victory, a milestone and it's where we begin tonight with nbc's michelle kosinski. she's in miami beach fo
of the u.s. supreme court. justice steven breyer. >>> standing up to bullying in school. what most kidslready know and what parents need to know about the problem. >>> and sudden death. a high school ball player's close call in the end zone, and what some are calling the miracle that saved his life. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-univsal television >>> od eveng. there was something about watching all those homes in calirnia iinerated in th natural gas explosion and fire that made people think otheir own homes, to see a neighborhood that was thrivi just last week, gone today, makes you think twice about the dangers we all live with. in this case, the pipelines and gas mains that crisscross the country and bring energy to american homes. hundreds of thousands of miles of them passing under mmunities like san bruno, california. we start off just south of san francisco. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. tonight, the compa that owns the run purred line offered a bp-like fund. $100 million for families affected by the blast, b tonight, many of them jus
use going camping. the propane tanks had pipes with shotgun shells attached to them. he also had two pipe bombs that contained fireworks-type explosives. >> reporter: for nearly four hours, lee held a security guard and two employees hostage. when an nbc news producer called discovery's general line, lee picked up the telephone and started talking. >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body, ready to go off. i have a device that if i drop it, if i drop it, it -- i'll [ bleep ] explode. >> reporter: the standoff came to an end when police say lee pointed a gun at the hostages, promming s.w.a.t. team members to open fire. lee was killed. overnight, police continued to collect physical in evidence the building. officers could be seen in the lobby and searching the bushes around the entrance. as morning wore on, investigators loaded bags and boxes of evidence into a waiting van. a section of wayne avenue remains closed this morning. while the building has been given the all-clear, police continue to control the lobby area where the confrontation took plac
agreed to let us secretly videotape their children as they make pivotal decisions. have they taught their kids the right thing when it comes to letting a stranger in the house? or getting in a car with someone they think has been drinking? >> what's going on inside right now? >> and what about dealing with a bully? >> i don't wa to see her. i want her to sit over there. >>t's our first test tonight. here's how we did it. we set up a casting call for a fake reality tv show called generation gap. and these two girls think they are here to try out. >> hi, my name is sara. >> my name is jacqueline and i love to have adventures in my backyard. >> i love ice cream. >> their parents are in on this unscientific test allowing uso see how their parents react when another child is being bullied. >> you have to hit it. >> it's an important illustration. parenting expert michelle boreba who wrote "the big book of parenting solutions" says teaching a kid who witness bullying may be the key to solving this growing problem. >> on the school campus, we know there's about 85% of kids who are called b
-universal television >>> good eveni. for years a lot of us bought them without thinking much about them. then you tend to think about them when cases of salmonella start galloping across the country as they just did. so today in washington, they heard testimony from two of the largest egg producers in this country. millions of people have purchased their brands without knowing it and still will. the problem is, 1,600 people got sick recently in 22 out of 50 states. there could be many more who passed it off as a passing bug. 500 million eggs were recalled. today, we got a glimpse, for better or worse, into these two big producers. our own tom costello starts us off from washington. he's in a store there tonight. tom, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. in fact, most grocery stores nationwide, all stores should be free of those bad eggs. today, the iowa farm at the center of this mess suggested that a third provider, a feed supplier, may be responsible f the salmonella that has led to the recall of 500 million eggs. on capitol hill today, the man at the center of the biggest saonella egg recall ev
the ordeal. their fears and their new lease on life. pat collins joins us now with their story. >> reporter: these two men are young, they're smart, they're courageous. and they have one heck of a story to tell. what happened to these two men at the discovery building headquarters on that warm septembe day has changed their lives forever. the impact. >> i've never appreciated the sunrise as much as i have in the last two weeks. i knew i was very blessed very fortunate, a good wife who loves meork the wonderful children. i think i took for granted. and sin that moment, i have not taken anything for granted. >> montgomery county 911. what ithe emergency? >> there is somebody holding a gunnside the main lobby. >> was someone shot? >> i didn't see. when i walked by him, he said nobody move and he shot in the air and then i ran. >> reporter: jim mcnulty, 36 years old. senior writer for tlc. chris wood, 25 years old, strategic marketing specialist. it was a stand-off that went on for nearly four hours. these two n and a security guard held by a suspect who rigged himself up like a human bomb. tod
their paths will keep them away from the eastern u.s. but bermuda will probably be in the sights of igor and most likely julia will not affect anything but can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. >>> let's get a check of some of the other morning's top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. >> in the news over the weekend, indications that iran's on again/off again release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. sunday iran's judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held more than a year. stephanie gosk is following developments. where do things stand? >> reporter: right now shourd is still in custody. herawyer says they're twatding for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then she wil be released. under the conditions of bail, she's allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of esonage is going forward along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers who were arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. offials said they were cautiously optimistic that showered would be rereleased but intern
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